Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: verb

To cut down; reduce.

Part of speech: verb

To reduce expenses.

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Usage examples "retrench":

  1. There are in these days many who will mock; but for my part I am proud of a race whose social relations are the last upon which they will retrench, whose latest yielded pleasure is their hospitality. - "What's Mine's Mine V1", George MacDonald.
  2. He could not retrench, for his game was concealment; his father was kept in the dark, and drew his four thousand a year, as usual, and, upon any hesitation in that respect, would have called in an accountant and wound up the concern. - "Foul Play", Charles Reade Dion Boucicault.
  3. " I thought you said we was spending too much money, and that we must retrench," said Mrs. Phillips. - "Mr. Hogarth's Will", Catherine Helen Spence.